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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

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Wednesday, April 19 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
Community Based Partnerships: Connecting with Your Local Zoo or Aquarium FILLING
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Join us as we walk over to the Vancouver Aquarium to learn about how you can team up with your local zoo or aquarium to offer unique opportunities to connect children with nature in your community. As connecting to nature has become a priority for zoos and aquariums, community partnership opportunites abound. You will learn about the exciting nature play programs for families available through the Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium initiative — and then you can experience it first-hand at the aquarium. (The Association of Zoos & Aquarium’s initiative, Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium is supported by the Walt Disney Company.) 

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Stephanie Chong

Coordinator, Curriculum Programs, Vancouver Aquarium
My current interests are in inquiry-based learning, both in curricular and non-curricular programming in museum settings. I am passionate about increasing science literacy for students, families, and communities, particularly through conservation, stewardship, and citizen-scientist... Read More →
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Heidi Faris

Chair, MN Children & Nature Connection
Heidi Faris is the Nature Play Begins Grant Coordinator for AZA, serving on the AZA Nature Club Task Force Committee. Heidi received her MEd. in EE with a focus on Fostering Attitudes of Empathy in Children through Play Experiences in a Zoo Setting. Over the past 10 years she connected... Read More →
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Megan Malaska Medley

Curator of Bronx Zoo Education, Wildlife Conservation Society - Bronx Zoo
Megan Malaska Medley is the Manager of Bronx Zoo Education, part of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). She has worked at the Cape May County Zoo, Santa Barbara Zoo, and SEA LIFE Aquarium at LEGOLAND California Resort before returning to WCS as Manager of Education at the Prospect... Read More →

Wednesday April 19, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Vancouver Aquarium